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Anton Diaz

#Philippines

Maxims Hotel: Father’s Day Staycation @RWManila

It was our first time to stay at Maxims to celebrate Father’s Day with the kiddos. They enjoyed the experience because of the luxurious feel of the room, the pool experience and the relatively fast internet access.

For non-casino goers, here are some tips to maximize your celebration/staycation at Resorts World Manila.

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Manila Life

House 1925: Barbershop and Speakeasy for the Boys

The best gift a father can get is a family barbershop session and a day with the boys.

We are happy House 1925 opened in the south to provide the best barbershop experience with a speakeasy lounge where you can hang while you wait.

Here are some tips to organize your own grooming and booze experience with the boys…


Barbershop

Located in the new lifestyle wing of Molito, its name and interiors are inspired by the 1920s.

HOUSE 1925
Molito, Madrigal Ave, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Telephone: +63 917 182 1925
Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: House 1925

Barbershop Packages Menu

I like that they focus on providing a quality barbershop experience, with packages starting with the Old Sport (450) to the ultra-pampering The West Egg (2,255).

Shave, Hand and Foot Care, Massage, Hair Care and Color

They have all the proper grooming equipment and add-on services you would look for in a quality barbershop.

Some of the grooming products are made from organic ingredients or the best grooming products for men in the market.

Best of all, they are kid-friendly and welcoming to the entire family.

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#Restaurants

Seascape Village: Golden Fortune vs. Lola Ina’s

The family is loving crabs these days and the best place to indulge in these is at Seascape Village paluto market.

We tried the crab and seafood feasts in two restaurants: Binondo’s Golden Fortune vs. Dampa’s Lola Ina’s. Here’s our experience.

 

First Things First

Seascape Village, which opened its first phase of the seaside mall with 13 Filipino/Asian paluto restaurants, is a mixed-use coastal development in the Manila Bay area located beside Sofitel and Manila Film Center.

We featured Go Go Kitchen vs. Mazu Seaside Diner in this post: Seascape Village Market: The Best & Cleanest Paluto Market in Manila?!

 

SEASCAPE VILLAGE
Seascape Village (Beside Sofitel), Pasay City, Philippines
m.me/seascapevillageph
Telephone: +632 869-7452
Email: [email protected]
FacebookSeascape Village PH

It’s similar to the dampa paluto concept, and they make sure their pricing is always at par with Seaside Dampa Macapagal.

You pay for the market price of the crabs which costs 500-600/kilo.

 

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#Restaurants

Wolfgang Steakhouse BGC: Best Steak Brunch in Manila! #OneBHSEats

During my recent #OneBHSEats food tour, most of the participants were raving about how good the steak was at Wolfgang’s. We recently visited the resto with the family for an awesome steak brunch experience in BGC.

Here are some tips on what to order from the menu, how much the items for consideration are and how best to enjoy the experience.


First Things First

Wolfgang Steakhouse BGC is the 3rd and flagship branch of the Wolfgang Zwiener joint venture with Raymund Magdaluyo in Manila.

Ideally, Wolfgang wanted to open first in BGC, but it took a while to find a perfect corner spot fronting a garden with a street view of Bonifacio High Street.

WOLFGANG STEAKHOUSE BGC
LG/F One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact Number: +632 586-4892, 618-3975
Mobile: +63 917 710 1682
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11.00am – 12.00mn
Friday to Sunday 10.00am – 12.00mn
Facebook: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse PH
Instagram@wolfgangssteakhouseph
Websitehttp://www.wolfgangssteakhouse.ph/

Wolfgang Menu: Brunch Specials Menu | Prime Steak & Chops Menu

This is the best Wolfgang Steakhouse branch because of its young contemporary ambiance perfect for that NY-Steakhouse Brunch vibe in BGC.

It has all the classic Wolfgang Steakhouse elements: alabaster chandelier, mosaic tiles ceiling, wooden floors and chairs plus a touch of contemporary elements—cove lights, banana plants and floor to ceiling windows.

Wolfgang Wine Program: White Wines: Chardonnay | Sauvignon Blanc, Notable White Wines | Red Wines: Pinot Noir, Merlot | Cabernet Sauvignon | Red Blends | Red Blends 2 | Shiraz, Zinfandel, Notable Red Wines | Port Wines, Dessert Wines | Large Format Bottles

Reserve their semi-private long wooden table for your brunch experience with family and friends.

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#Restaurants

LA PICARA: This Awesome Spanish Restaurant at One Bonifacio High Street

First, La Pícara, pronounced as la pí-cara (with emphasis on the pi), means the mischievious or naughty.

It’s a Spanish restaurant with Tropical Cuban/Central American-inspired design that transports you from the city into an oasis in the center of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

The food was surprisingly very good, Spanish food with a naughty playful twist of Filipino ingredients or Asian interpretation but still classy elegant Spanish food.

We tried it three times in the last few weeks before their grand opening. Here’s what we loved that you should try:

 

LA PICARA MANILA
High Street corner 5th Avenue, 2Floor, Exchange Stock Market Mall, BGC, Taguig
Mobile: +63 927 172 4480
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: La Picara Manila
Instagram: La Picara PH
Website: http://lapicara.ph

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Performance Arts

The Weight of Words: A Millennial Mental Health Monologue

I didn’t know what to expect when we watched this show. After the monologue, your mind was stimulated, but still it needed time to process the depth of storytelling and theatre artistry of Abner and the Black Canvas team.

This is the kind of show that we need to talk about now before another friend passes away.

It took me a few days to reflect on what it meant. It was approachable but profound, the kind that would touch your heart and change your perspective on the weight of every word we speak (and not speak).

I highly recommend that you do not miss the Pineapple Lab run, and I also hope that they have more and more theatre run extensions. (If you are watching the show, best to read this reflection after watching it.)

Here’s why you should watch #BlackCanvasWOW…

 

Weight of Words (WoW)
PARC Foundation Blackbox on May 31 (8PM), June 1-2 (4PM & 8PM), and
Pineapple Lab on June 15 (5PM & 8PM) and 16 (4PM & 8PM).
For ticket reservations, contact Pineapple Lab at [email protected] or Ticket2Me at www.ticket2me.net
Facebook Page: Black Canvas
Hashtag: #BlackCanvasWOW

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#Restaurants, Boracay Island

AQUA Boracay: The Secret of Boracay’s Best Day Pool Club!

Aqua Boracay is the best Day Pool Club in Boracay not only because of its Pool Party events but because it serves one of the best Spanish-inspired beach cuisines by Chef Chele Gonzales of Gallery by Chele fame.

Most people miss out on Aqua because they think it’s an exclusive private club where there’s nothing to do if there are no pool party events. Some think it is closed for construction. What they don’t know is that this is, in fact, one of the best places to eat and enjoy a pool party in the New Boracay.

Here are the secrets of the best day pool club in Boracay…

 

First Things First

It is easily accessed via e-trikes (₱120 special trip) passing through the back end of Balabag Lake at the back of D’Mall.

The Day Pool Club is open but the rooms are still under construction.

AQUA BORACAY
Bulabog Beach, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay 5608, Malay, Aklan
Day Pool Club Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00 am – 8.00pm
Telephone: +63 (36) 288-1536 / 288-1999
Email[email protected]
FacebookAqua Boracay
Instagram: @aquaboracay
Websitehttps://www.aquaboracay.com/

Aqua is located at the beachfront along the back beach called Bulabog.

This part of the island is nice during high tide and feels like a hideaway from the busy White Beach.

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#Restaurants, Boracay Island

LOS INDIOS BRAVOS: Why You Have to Try the Best English Pub in Boracay

What I like about Los Indios Bravos is that it features the signature pub food recipes of Chef Kenneth Cacho and Chef Norbert Gandler of ISCAHM fame while celebrating the best of all-Filipino Craft Beers (on tap), Brown and White Spirits of the Philippines at the same time. Most importantly, it pays tribute to “Los Indios Bravos”—the Brave Natives of the 1800’s, Filipino intellectuals and warrior-poets and the Tirol Family of Boracay Island.

Bong Tirol, Martin Jickain and wife Maggie Tirol established the new Los Indios Bravos hidden at the back of White House in the New Boracay.

We tried most of the food and drinks, and here are our favorites that you should not miss at the island’s best English pub…

 

LOS INDIOS BRAVOS BORACAY
Located at White House Boracay, Station 1
Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +63 36 288-2803
Mobile: +63 917 176-4294
Facebook@Los Indios Bravos Boracay
Instagram: @losindiosbravosboracay
Websitehttps://indiosbravosboracay.com/

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Pampanga

AQUA PLANET Pampanga Reboot: Better Food with Air-conditioned Cabanas!

So happy to be back at the new and improved Aqua Planet with the boys.

We loved the modern water park rides, the filtered water and the water fun for kids of all ages.

After they closed the park for a reboot, they now have better food, air-conditioned cabanas and better safety standards for the rides. You’ll love it!


First Things First

Aqua Planet is the most modern water theme park in the Philippines and one of the biggest of its kind in Asia.

Aqua Planet houses four (4) state-of-the-art filtration systems that cater to specific areas of the facility, all capable of monitoring the PH level, chlorine level and other measurements to ensure safe and clean water inside the water park.

AQUA PLANET
Bounded by J.P. Rizal Avenue, J.P. Laurel Avenue and Prince Balagtas Avenue
Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Operating Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm, daily (Last admission: 4:00pm)
(Please check closure schedule due to weather conditions, scheduled maintenance or private events.)
Telephone: +632 649-8500
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @aquaplanetph
Instagram@aquaplanetph
Website: http://www.aquaplanet.ph

Weekdays: Kids (₱750), Adults (₱950) Weekends/Holidays: Kids (₱980), Adults (₱1,180)

Although the price is the same, you can skip the queues with Klook, especially on weekends.

Check out Aqua Planet Waterpark Admission Ticket in Clark via Klook.

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#Restaurants

Osteria Daniele BGC: Kicking Off the Osteria Game in Manila

Osteria is a casual Italian neighborhood bistro that serves simple pasta, meat specialties (definitely no pizza) and wine. Osteria Daniele, named after one of the partners of the Bistronomia group of Rambla fame, kicks off the battle of Osteria in Manila.

Here’s what our team thinks of Osteria Daniele in Manila…

OSTERIA DANIELE
Ground Floor, Tower 1, High Street Corporate Plaza
9th Ave. corner 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +63 915 874-5792
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: OsteriaDanielePH
Instagram: @osteriadanieleph
Websitewww.bistronomia.ph

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